Rhode Island Hospital among nation’s "50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals"

November 14, 2018

Rhode Island Hospital is among the nation’s top cardiovascular programs, according to IBM Watson HealthTM.  The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ study is now in its 20th year. This is the fifth time Rhode Island Hospital has been recognized with this honor, one of only three hospitals in New England to earn the distinction this year, and the only one in the state.

The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses 2016 and 2017 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2017 Medicare cost reports (2016 if 2017 reports were not available) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare published in the second quarter of 2018. Hospitals were scored in key value-based performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, and severity-adjusted average length of stay, among other areas.

“Rhode Island Hospital is proud to be named to this list of top hospitals for cardiovascular care for a fifth time. The expertise and cutting-edge treatment of our Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, coupled with the outstanding experience provided by our entire inpatient and outpatient care teams, have made Rhode Island Hospital a top center in our region and across the country,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, M.H.A., Dr.P.H., president of Rhode Island Hospital.

IBM Watson reports that if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners (based on Medicare patients only), results industry-wide could amount to: over 10,300 additional lives saved, $1.8 billion saved, and 2,800 additional bypass and angioplasty patients who could be complication-free.

“Cardiovascular disease is among the most widespread and costliest diseases in the U.S. with an annual price tag of roughly $317 billion. It is estimated that cardiovascular disease accounts for approximately $1 out of every $6 spent on healthcare in the country. That’s why it is so critical that hospitals find new and innovative ways to deliver better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The winning hospitals in our study have established the new benchmark for cardiac care performance by driving consistently better outcomes at a lower cost per case than non-winning hospitals.”

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